wax comb

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Thick-toothed plastic comb, three to five inches long, used to crosshatch the wax layer on the deck of a surfboard to increase traction. Wax combs were first manufactured in the early 1980s by Wax Research, a Southern California company; before that surfers occasionally used a standard plastic pocket comb to the same effect. The beveled edge often found on the flip side of a wax comb is used to sc...

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